Monday, October 14, 2013

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love pumpkins. 
Grins & grimaces a-plenty!

All kinds, shapes, colors, sizes. Green, grey, blue, orange, yellow, tan, red. Every species, no matter how fat, squat, knobby, pitted, warted, gnarled, you name it. 
A curious fella atop a plump one

To me, they signify a very special magic that lies in the spirit that is summoned into full being at the onset of autumn, which culminates in Samhain/Halloween, and with it, the legendary Jack O'Lantern.
Vintage 'Bogie Books' pumpkin house - love it!

Near our home is an annual set up of pumpkins for sale. It's situated at a small park near a shopping center, and the folks who run it take great care to create a fun atmosphere. Scarecrows gathered 'round stacks of hay bales, corn stalks, and funny scenes all welcome the buyer, with hundreds and hundreds of pumpkins and gourds all abounding. 
I could live here!
(NOTE: Image taken from Internet - not the place I'm describing above)

Did I neglect to mention all pumpkins and gourds? It's a veritable carnival of pumpkins - stocked with more varieties than you've likely ever seen!  
Like a kid in a candy store!

That certainly goes for me as well - the first time we stopped to have a walk-through, both Mark and I were blown away by them. And it was the first time I'd seen a magnificent Fairy Tale pumpkin (also called a Cinderella pumpkin, for the shape of which is like the one that her fairy godmother transformed into a carriage), which of course I had to have! We ended up buying many of them, and after Halloween had ended, saved some of the seeds and grew a small one of our own this summer.
Me in our yard, among the very spectacular (and huge!) pumpkin vines

Taken in 2011 during an autumn jaunt in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery
with my friend, artist Ethan Black
Here's hoping that everyone has a very special, happy Halloween season! 
A favorite activity: creating Jack O'Lanterns!
(being sure to save at least some of the seeds to roast) 

My funny creation, "Fenwick P. Mossbottom, Guardian of the Pumpkin Patch"

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